575 Life

We're surrounded by poetry.

We're pleased to present daily explorations and expressions of classic and modern haiku, senryu, tanka, and other forms of micro poetry across traditions and cultures, along with photography samples for visual meditation, and a few rambling thoughts.

Why Haiku?

The practice of writing haiku encourages us to slow down and notice the present-moment beauty inherent in nature and in our everyday lives. Haiku is a simple creative format that's accessible to everyone: all you need is seventeen syllables across three lines with a 5-7-5 syllable structure, a nod to nature, and a turning element to introduce surprise, contrast, or irony. But don't get too hung up on the details: most "modern" haiku don't follow these basic guidelines!

The poems, essays, and photographs posted here are for your reflection and enjoyment. Let us know what you think!

Psst! Some of you have astutely noticed that we've recently changed our name from "Living Haiku" to "575 Life." 
Here's Why.

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